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The Pennsylvania Department of Education issues teaching certificates to persons whose primary responsibility is teaching in the public schools of the Commonwealth. The Department of Education develops teaching standards for each subject area taught in Pennsylvania and delegates to higher education institutions the responsibility of developing these standards into teacher preparation programs.
The Center offers services that begin before the CTE teacher enters the classroom, such as the necessary assessments that establish a prospective teacher's competence in his or her field of expertise. Field-based faculty provide beginning CTE teachers with a combination of convenient classroom instruction near home or school every other week. A university faculty person visits teachers in their classrooms or laboratories on the alternate week to assist with the implementation of that instruction. The Center delivers some portion of courses on-line so that busy teachers can access coursework at their convenience. Center services continue throughout the CTE teacher's career, offering continuing technical and professional development, opportunities to earn initial and advanced degrees, additional CTE certificates for leadership positions, and a variety of other support services
Those persons interested in teaching Marketing or Business subjects shall seek Instructional Certificates. Those persons interested in teaching one of the Vocational areas (PDE Website) shall seek a Vocational Instructional certificate.